Travel Nurse Recommended Vaccinations

By Nurse Kelley There has been a lot of flu activity this season. There is an astounding number of travel nurses have either treated someone with flu symptoms, had the flu themselves, or known someone who did. We thought it would be a good idea to review healthcare vaccinations that are recommended for traveling nurses….

How to Champion Nursing School: Nurse Kelley’s Hacks

  Take your own notes If your nursing school allows you to bring a computer to class bring it every single class and take your own notes. You can also pull up PowerPoints or Note Templates your professor created and type in your own comments—but I really recommend creating your own new notes typing out…

6 Ways to Fight SAD as a Travel Nurse

1. Vitamin D The sunlight gives us Vitamin D. Thankfully, during times that we aren’t exposed to the sun often enough, there are Vitamin D supplements. A multivitamin is always a good idea, but to specifically fight the negative emotions associated with darkness, Vitamin D supplements can assist. 2. Exercise Exercise give you endorphins, endorphins…

Ten Things You Never Say to a Travel Nurse

  “So you’re not a real nurse?” Of course we are real nurses. They don’t just hand out that title for free…   “Oh! You’re like a ‘temp’!” Nope, not a temp. I will temporarily be filling a very full-time position for a substantial amount of time.   “Since you’ve never done this HERE before…”…

5 Reasons Staff Nurses Should Stop Bullying Travel Nurses

Okay, sorry for the drama, we know that it is a small percentage of staff nurses who bully travel nurses. We also understand that nurse bullying happens between all variations of nurses in all health care settings, there is not one victim. Thankfully, our travelers rave about our fantastic hospitals and their nurses, but I…

“Dear Jimmy Kimmel’s Nurse” from Nurse Kelley Johnson

It was a nurse at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles that saved Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son. This nurse saved this little boy’s life by detecting his murmur, recognizing that he was blue, and ensuring he was brought to the NICU for life saving measures. Here’s the part that I find most surprising: most people find this…

18 Reasons Why You Should Never Travel to California

The food is too fresh There are only 840 miles of coastline and beaches It is always sunny out There are too many In-n-Out Burger joints around Taco Tuesday must happen every Tuesday The desert, a snowy mountain, and the beach shouldn’t be close enough to each other to visit all three in one day Celebrities…

Things That Annoy Nurses

1. When someone asks why you didn’t become a Doctor: 2. When a patient asks “what took you so long?”: 3. When a patient is allergic to Tylenol but not Percocet: 4. When you ask the coherent patient for their pain level and the family member answers from across the room: 5. When the patient spent…

Travel Nursing Language: what does yours say about your staffing?

Travel nursing advertisements on social media are at the forefront of strategy when it comes to recruiting travel nurses. Hundreds of nurses see various agencies post assignments, locations, and company information every single day. I am not a recruiter, my job at United Staffing Solutions is to make sure that every nurse I encounter knows…

Nurse Kelley’s Response to “Nurses Eat Their Young”

We have all heard the phrase, “nurses eat their young”. This phrase ignites another level of furiousness for me. Let’s decipher all there is surrounding this nursing blemish. The phrase literally means that experienced nurses are bullying, hazing, and/or inappropriately initiating new and/or student nurses. Let’s start with this: experienced nurses deserve extraordinary respect. New…

IT IS OCTOBER! My favorite month. Here is what we have planned.

I am OBSESSED with October! Halloween is coming! It is my Birthday Month, I love costume parties and candy, I love Fall decorations, and most importantly—this month represents Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness which are two things very close to my heart. Please know that this month also stands for many other worthy causes,…

National Coffee Day Special

“I need Coffee.” If this is a sentence you say on a daily basis, then you are a coffee lover. September 29th is National Coffee Day, the day we all come together and celebrate coffee. When you think of the hottest stars in Hollywood, you probably think that they literally “live in a different world”…